Originally Posted by Impulse
Huh, wasn't even aware HTC had put that out... The Sony SBH20 that ClieOS mentioned a few posts ago has a similar minimalist design and form factor. I wasn't particularly impressed with HTC's previous BT receiver either, tho it wasn't specifically made for headphone use (the car clip or whatever that came out last year with the One X).
So the Car Clip wasn't particularly impressive? :P It's been a top gadget wet dream of mine to plug that into the line-in of a small portable amp, say the Fiio E6, but I never pulled the trigger.
I was enthusiastic about aptX for a while, but then I recalled the 200+ episodes of Detective Conan I watched, and I thought "wow good name they picked! who would knowingly name their product APTXblablabla"... just kidding.
I just kept having a nagging feeling about how much difference it's gonna make, and ultimately I don't think Sony and Apple are not onboard with aptX simply because they don't want to pay, or they're dragging their feet. Apple often refuse to jump into things until they consider it stable/mature to a certain degree. The technology is still moving along with more products supporting AAC, so in theory if your song is AAC it's just beamed to the receiver and decoded there...if you don't run into a compatibility issue with certain versions of iOS. Of course then as a head-fier, you run into the issue of how good the receiver is as a source.
Also, I must get this off of my chest: The current ipod shuffle probably draws less than half the power a BT receiver like MW600 draws (comparing their respective battery capacity vis-a-vis real world battery life). That does not include the power the phone requires to run and broadcast BT audio. So I've been back and forth on BT receivers for 4-5 years and I always gravitate back to the notion of I'm paying $50 to cut a cord that costs maybe a few cents tops and possibly lose some sound quality. Mind you, the only actual length of cord you're cutting is the 20-30? centimeter from where it departs your body to the 3.5mm jack on the phone.
I swear I'm not down on BT, but the search and wait continues. For usability, for battery life, and for great sound. (if the source is gonna be crippled by SBC, mask it with a good analog section or even just a forgiving tonality. MD manufacturers did this all the time back when ATRAC was crap!) On the big Japanese forum 2CH, for years (at least since the Sony A820 launch), there's always been a snarky, sarcastic sub-title to the BT audio thread that says 毎年元年 or 年年是元年, which we can roughly paraphrase as: "they keep sayin' it's gonna go BIG this year!"
Edited by heatofamatch - 4/6/13 at 4:47pm